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Tropical insects

About this project

I have for a long time wanted to explore in more detail insects from more tropical climates. With this new body of work I have studied in great detail all the colours and marking of these beautiful insects from around the world and narrowed the selection down to a few. Finding the right plants to put them with was very exciting. I have tried to achieve a really accurate match using my slips to the actual colours of the flowers and the insects.

Keywords

sgraffito, slipware, drawing, insects, plants, colour

Disciplines

Ceramics, Pottery

Materials

Ceramics
Scarlett Skimmer Dragonfly & Arrow leafed Monochoria
Photographer: Mark Clayton
Thrown vessel decorated using clay slips and the technique of sgraffito showing a group of Scarlett Skimmer Dragonfly with an Arrow leafed Monochoria plant from Asia
Violet Drop wing Dragonfly & Water Hyacinth
Photographer: Mark Clayton
Thrown vessel decorated using clay slips and the technique of sgraffito showing a group of Violet Drop wing Dragonfly around a Water Hyacinth plant from Africa
Red Tipped Swamp Damselfly & Water-lily
Photographer: Mark Clayton
Thrown vessel decorated with clay slips and the technique of sgraffito showing a small group of these tiny Red Tipped Swamp Damselfly with a Water-lily plant from Tropical America.
Heliconius Butterfly & Amazonian passion flower
Photographer: Mark Clayton
Thrown vessel decorated with clay slips and the technique of sgraffito showing a group of Heliconius Butterfly which feed on the red Amazonian passion flower from the Amazon rainforest
Iswara Butterfly & Velvet bean plant
Photographer: Mark Clayton
Thrown vessel decorated with clay slips and the technique of sgraffito showing a small group of Iswara Butterflies and a velvet bean plant. These amazing butterflies are really large and come from Malaysia

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Exotic plants

Disciplines Ceramics, Pottery
Materials Ceramics

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